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Back At It (And all things Paris)

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. How have you been lately? Me? Oh well, you know, just sitting here thinking and writing as I have been every day this month. Ha. Not. No, not even close. I’ve been struggling lately, Hart Beat. Struggling with this GD book that is pretty much begging to be written but what I just can’t seem to find the time to get done. I’ve been looking for inspiration every which way and the most helpful has come in this quote:

You climb a long ladder until you can see over the roof, or over the clouds. You are writing a book. You watch your shod feet step on each round rung, one at a time; you do not hurry and do not rest.” – Annie Dillard

You do not hurry and do not rest. That quote has been playing in my head for most days, for most of the time. You do not hurry and do not rest. The quote comes from my favorite book on writing so far Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro. I feel over the moon lucky and happy to be going to a conference by Dani this weekend at Kripalu in Lenox. It’s a weekend of meditation and writing and just what I need right now. I’ve been trying to write every day but to be honest Hart Beat, in the eleven days so far this month I’ve written only four. That’s not even half. I don’t want to even think what the ratio was in September. I know it was appalling.

So, what have I been doing other than working on this book that is pretty much begging me to be written at this point? Not much more than what I wrote about in the last post/life update. Although, there has been one addition, a newfangled obsession with Paris. I know, I know, I know, let’s get more cliche right? Le sigh. I don’t know, Hart Beat, I know that Madrid is my favorite city in the world with New York coming in a close second but ever since my mom and I visited the city of lights this past April I can’t stop thinking about it and wanting to visit again (or live there? Who said that?).

What I loved about Paris was how many people my age there were there. While most of my friends lived in New York when I was there, we still didn’t see each other very often. And that was not their fault, it was mine. Life was so busy and work took up so much time. Even more, everyone lived so far apart (again partially my fault), but in Paris, all I saw at night were people in their mid-twenties and thirties out for drinks or just walks around the city. I am probably (most definitely) romanticizing it but what can I say, that’s who I am.

So, in honor of my current city muse, here are a few Paris inspired things I’ve been wanting, having, and dreaming about.

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This t-shirt ^^ from the effortlessly chic French fashion brand Sézanne. Even more of a bonus they are giving it to you for FREE between now and October 17th with an order of $200 or more. Yes, please.

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The dilemma I’m in right now about whether or not to get bangs. I had them at one point but then when they wouldn’t style right and I asked my Brooklyn hairdresser why she told me that I “lived too active a lifestyle for bangs.” I’m not sure if my lifestyle is any less active now but I think I want them again. See inspo photos above. Clearly, I am obsessed with Jane Burkin but please give me a break, I know you are too Hart Beat.

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And finally, the new book that The Paris Review is coming out with this November. The publication may be based out of New York but they clearly have as much an affinity for the city as I do. The book, Women at Work looks inspiring and beautiful and just what we all need right now. Some of my favorite authors are included in the book and let’s just say, I am now extra excited for November to get here.

And that’s it Hart Beat, all I have to say here today. I clearly have so much more to say but I think I’m going to channel it into my book now. You can thank me later.

Warby Parker

Sunglasses for summer (hey Warby Parker)

Sunglasses

Hi Hart Beat! Happy warm day in New York! I stayed in Greenpoint last night and woke up to the most beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. Then I walked outside and was like woah, SUMMER YOU ARE HERE. To celebrate this week I’m going to finally break down and buy my first real adult sunglasses (aka not a pack of these plastic imposters that Carolyn and I ordered freshman year of college).

For a while I had an amazing pair of Persol sunglasses that my mom gave me but to be honest Hart Beat, I have zero idea where they went. I can’t for the life of me find the same pair so over the weekend I was thrilled to see my friend Marina wearing an awesome pair that she picked up at Warby Parker. They look amazing and, as Marina praised, they are polarized. Plus all of their frames are under $100 and as someone who has lost favorite sunglasses before… this is also a game changer.

There are so many frames that I’m going to have to make my way over to the Soho store to try them on in person. All I know is that I want tortoise shell print, I want them comfortable and I want them now (Parks and Recs reference anyone?)

Choice #1. The Reilly.

Warby Parker

Choice #2. The Downing.

Warby Parker

Choice #3. The Cliff.

Warby Parker

P.S. My other dream pair. If only I could rationalize buying them, too.

Photos of glasses via Warby and top photo unknown via the tumblr abyss.

Sézan Happy Days collection is here

Sézan Happy Days collection is here

Sézan Happy Days collection is here

Wooo! Happy Tuesday, Hart Beat! I got a little present in my inbox this morning that I thought you would love to see. One of my favorite brands Sézan (featured here before) has just announced it’s new collection “Happy Days” on their international ecommerce site.

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Weekends in Greenpoint

Hola Hart Beat. I am so glad it’s Sunday, finally. This weekend has been so relaxing and well needed. I always have so many ideas for the weekend but in the end it’s so hard for me to leave Brooklyn (or even Greenpoint). Tomorrow morning I’m meeting my brother, who just moved to Manhattan two weeks ago, for breakfast at Five Leaves. It’s the most referenced brunch place in the area but in two years I’ve never been! Now, for some fashion inspiration for bopping around Greenpoint today. What’s your favorite lazy Sunday afternoon wear?

Birkenstock’s are so in right now. How did this happen??

A new spring bag

Hi there Hart Beat. I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start. Now that the weather is warming up in Brooklyn I’m on the lookout for a new spring/summer purse. I love my leather bag that I bought in Cusco way back in college when I spent a summer in Peru but, I would love to update my now oh so hipsterish Brooklyn wardrobe. I’ve found a couple that I like on Pinterest. What do you think? Anyone have any recommendations?

Love the length of this bag.

This clutch looks amazing and would be perfect for summer nights out.
The only problem is I’m not sure it would fit my bike lights. So close.

Ballet style

Hi Hart Beat! I am so happy to be back in Brooklyn! It was so nice to get away from the snow and cold here for a while but I did miss writing to you all so much. I’ve been noticing this blush pink color popping up everywhere in the spring lines debuting this week for all the Spring/Summer 2014 lines. I love the color, what do you think? It reminds me so much of the old days when I used to dance ballet. So, in honor of that thought and the hint of spring in the air, here are some beautiful ballet photos to inspire your wardrobe this week.

Top three photos are of the beautiful and talented Heather Ogden.
The fourth comes via this site.
P.P.S. One of my secret favorite songs featuring a ballet studio in the music video…

Biking fashion

Hi Hart Beat. I’m back in Brooklyn tonight, voila. I love coming back home to my apartment and my neighborhood here. Tada! One of my favorite parts of coming home to this borough is being able to ride my bike again. Since I’m back in city mouse territory tonight I thought we could look through some biking fashion pictures. I mean, really Hart Beat. If something like “biking fashion” pictures were ever to exist they would be here here on the blog. That was a little joke.

Nice Things by Paloma S.

Happy Thursday, Hart Beat! I thought tonight I would share another one of my favorite fashion brands from my favorite country, Spain. I discovered Nice Things by Paloma S. two years ago when I was traveling with my best friend C. I was in Barcelona doing some amazing shopping and picked up a pair of pants from one of my favorite boutiques. These pants Hart Beat. They are the most comfortable and stylish puppies I have ever worn. 
Anyway, what was even more amazing about discovering the pants was coming back to the states and following along with the brilliant brand of Nice Things. Every season I am constantly impressed with the brands pieces but especially this fall where I want every item in their fall/winter look book. The clothes are so well made that they last and the look is so Spanish that I want to cry and move back to Madrid. Paloma, please open a store in Brooklyn?
P.S. One of my favorite parts of the brand is this story about Paloma’s parents who started the brand and the fact that they use so many different ages women in their look books. 

Nice Things by Paloma S.

Happy Thursday, Hart Beat! I thought tonight I would share another one of my favorite fashion brands from my favorite country, Spain. I discovered Nice Things by Paloma S. two years ago when I was traveling with my best friend C. I was in Barcelona doing some amazing shopping and picked up a pair of pants from one of my favorite boutiques. These pants Hart Beat. They are the most comfortable and stylish puppies I have ever worn. 
Anyway, what was even more amazing about discovering the pants was coming back to the states and following along with the brilliant brand of Nice Things. Every season I am constantly impressed with the brands pieces but especially this fall where I want every item in their fall/winter look book. The clothes are so well made that they last and the look is so Spanish that I want to cry and move back to Madrid. Paloma, please open a store in Brooklyn?
P.S. One of my favorite parts of the brand is this story about Paloma’s parents who started the brand and the fact that they use so many different ages women in their look books.